Courses in natural and traditional building, greenwood and rural skills

Community run Environmental Education Centre at Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Suffolk, UK, IP14 2LY

Do you live in Mid Suffolk? We need your vote at Bags of Help at Tesco, Stowmarket.

From Jan 1st - end Feb 2019 just post your blue token into the Orchard Barn slot instore and enable us to deliver free workshops for the local community that will help us weatherproof and warm our Meeting Room. We'll be using locally sourced hazel in the wattle and daub panels in the timber frame. Interested in learning these ancient skills? Please email us and get involved!

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As a leading social enterprise we specialise in the delivery of Timber Framing Restoration Skills, Timber Framing, Wattle and Daub and Lime courses for professionals, home-owners, self-builders, and anyone with an interest in getting hands-on with natural materials (or learning how to instruct a builder more knowledgably). IHBC CPD certificates.

We also run Natural Building Experience days to give you a taste of what we do.  Accompanied children over 12 and groups welcome. Bespoke parties can be arranged for other dates.

Wise words from one local woman who has just discovered us!

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EXCITING NEWS - plans passed to reinstate 1580 Suffolk Long House in a 'like-for-like' manner. Enrole on a Timber Framing course with us, and get involved in this unique framing project.

To check availability on courses, book a course, discuss bespoke training,  or arrange a talk
,  please email or phone 01473-658193 / 07766-054042.

Vouchers for courses are available. They make excellent birthday, retirement or retraining presents.

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  Traditional timber framing course at Orchard Barn

Timber Framing trainees working together on the Long House frame

Gemma repairs 500 year old timber at Orchard Barn

Gemma repairs 500 year old jowl post